OIG Investigative Reports October 04, 2010 - Roanoke, VA Former Clerk of Montgomery County School Board Pleads Guilty Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Report The United States Attorneys Office Western District of Virginia Department of Justice United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy Western District of Virginia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, October 04, 2010 CONTACT: Brian McGinn PHONE: 434-295-8672 FAX: 434-293-4910 EMAIL: Brian.McGinn@usdoj.gov www.usdoj.gov/usao/vaw FORMER CLERK OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD PLEADS GUILTY Anita Price Johnston Admitted To Stealing Funds ROANOKE, VIRGINIA --The former Clerk of the Montgomery County School Board has pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to stealing funds from the Montgomery County School Board. Anita Price Johnston, 45, of Elliston, Virginia, waived her right to indictment and pled guilty today to a criminal Information charging her with one count of mail fraud in relation to her employment as the Clerk of the Montgomery County School Board. "As schools throughout the Commonwealth struggle with budget shortfalls, we must do all we can to ensure that school officials responsibly handle their limited funds," United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. "Ms. Johnston used money which was promised to Montgomery County schoolchildren to line her own pockets. Today's plea ensures that she will be held accountable for her greed. It also requires her to pay restitution in the full amount of her fraud, which Will make her victim the Montgomery County School Board -whole." Today in District Court, the defendant admitted to transferring checks and money orders that were meant to be deposited into the account of the Montgomery County School Board and placing them into her personal checking accounting. Johnston admitted to stealing money from the school board for a period of at least 24 months, in which time she stole over $120,000. Much of the monies the defendant stole were checks and money orders submitted to the Montgomery County School Board for fees paid as "use of facility payments." Once these, and other, payments were received, Johnston would deposit the funds into her personal account instead of the school board's account, as intended. The investigation of the case was conducted by United States Postal Inspection Service, the Christiansburg, Virginia Police Department and the United States Department of Education. The Montgomery County School Board played a crucial role in identifying the fraud and brining the actions of Ms. Johnson to the attention of law enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney C. Patrick Hogeboom III is prosecuting the case for the United States. Top Printable view Last Modified: 10/13/2010 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Clerk of Montgomery County School Board Pleads Guilty . Roanoke VA., 10/04/2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-10-04.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.